Analysis: Is Hackitt a turning point for the profession?

Andrew Mellor of PRP

After decades of marginalisation, the Hackitt review is the chance for architects to claim back territory

The Hackitt Review is a “watershed” moment for architects to claim back the influence they have ceded to other professions. But architects will need to work hard if they are to seize the opportunities presented by Dame Judith’s review, according to leading members of the profession.

As architects digest the 156-page report on building regs and fire safety, the emerging consensus is that it could be good news for the profession.

One of Hackitt’s key recommendations is that the roles and responsibilities of those involved in the design and construction of so-called “high-risk residential buildings” – those over 10 storeys – should be much more clearly defined. These roles are divided into three dutyholders: the client, the principal designer and the principal contractor, in an arrangement familiar from the CDM regulations.

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